Joe Nuxhall Memorial Honorary Star of the Game
This was a big win against a big division rival in a big game in which a number of players came up big. None were bigger than the big bops from from the Reds’ big boys, Eugenio Suarez and Mike Moustakas. Both finished 2-3 with a homer apiece. Thems honorables worth memorializin’.
- The Reds had some early chances against Brandon Woodruff. The bottom of the second began with a five-pitch sequence in which Geno walked and Nick Castellanos doubled him over to third. But Jesse Winker’s liner was right at Dan Vogelbach and Brian Goodwin and Freddy Galvis were unable to make anything more of it.
- The Reds had two on and one out in the fourth but Da Wink went Da Gidp (he had a rough night).
- Jedd “Big Fat Stupid” Gyorko homered to lead off the fifth and put a crooked number up on the scoreboard. 1-0, Beer Bros.
- In the sixth, the Reds cracked open a few cold ones when CA$Htellanos dropped a $20 bill on the table and Geno cleared it with big ol’ jack. #PartyMetaphors (I’ve been to #parties so I know what I’m talking about).
- Castillo threw 62⁄3 of legit ace baseball in a legit-ass game, which is legit as shit. But with runners at second and third in the seventh inning David Bell texted @CountOnAG and was like “u good” and AG was like
Dear Mr Bell,
I humbly accept your request for me to enter the game at this critical point in relief of my co-worker, Mr Castillo.
- And that’s when AG shut it down.
- Curt “The Shirt” Casali led off the bottom of the eighth with a wall-scraper in the power alley in left-center. That extra run felt awful, awful good.
- Then yo bro Shogo did him one of his gorgeous opposite-field singles and Joey Votto drew a walk in between strikeouts by Castellanos and Geno.
- And THAT’S when we woulda sounded the moosehorn. 6-1, Redboys.
- The Brewers put up a few beertime runs in the ninth off The Fake Nate Jones so the final is 6-3.
- Raisel Iglesias was called upon with one out in the eighth. He threw three pitches and coaxed the double play to end the inning. The Reds scored four the next inning and Iggy sat for a long time in the dugout so Nate Jones came out for the ninth.
- Castillo looked fantastic once again as he struck out nine and gave up just the one run (jerko’s dingo).
- In the top of the fifth, Castillo went full-on Super Saiyan. With two outs, a runner on, and the top of the order coming up for the third time, he threw three-straight sliders down and away to Avisail Garcia. This is the third time he’s seeing Garcia today and he makes him look like a helpless child lost in a K-Mart. With his third-best pitch.
- Above .500 for the first time since 1-0. Hell yeah.